College of San Mateo is a member of the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training
Consortium. The Consortium is funded by member colleges to provide vocational specific
training which may require special facilities, special training conditions, or is presented outside of the regular schedule of college classes.
South Bay offers training courses for Fire Service and Emergency Medical Service personnel.
Although open to the public, some of these courses are intended to serve those already
employed in a variety of Public Safety careers. Perspective students must meet the
pre-requisites listed in the course description.
The application and registration process is completed at the South Bay Regional Public
Safety Training Consortium Center, which is located on the Coyote Valley campus of
Gavilan College. Course numbers will be assigned as needed, and Consortium titles will be used. Course
curriculum adheres to Title V requirements, as well as the specifications of the associated
For more information about the courses available, including requirements and schedules,
please visit the South Bay website or call (408) 229-4299.
Minimum Grade for Prerequisites
Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite
Under supervision, students will learn to work in a firehouse environment alongside
professional firefighters. Students will be introduced to basic situations in a working
firehouse, including hands-on training, emergency response, clerical responsibilities
and other duties as assigned. Students will be able to use these hours towards their
requirement for their Firefighter I State Certification.
Units do not apply toward AA/AS degree
Pass/No Pass Only
Lab hours/semester: 144-162
Prerequisites: Successful completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, a State Fire Marshal certified
basic firefighting academy or equivalent as determined by the Coordinator of the Fire
Technology program. NOTE: Approval of equivalent training is not a guarantee state
regulatory or licensing agencies will also grant equivalency. Successful completion
of a National Registry certified Emergency Medical Technician: Basic course or equivalent
as determined by the Coordinator of the Fire Technology program. NOTE: Approval of
equivalent training is not a guarantee state regulatory or licensing agencies will
also grant equivalency. Acceptance into a fire agency cadet program. Cadets (or volunteer
firefighters) are subjected to an interview process by a fire department before being
chosen as a cadet. Minimum requirements to be chosen as a cadet are successful completion
of, or concurrent enrollment in, a Fire Academy, successful completion of an EMT course
and possession of an EMT certificate, age of 18 or older, and a valid California Driver